Over the years I've collected memories of moments in which I suddenly take a look around and think to myself: how in the world did I ever get here?!? Example: one particularly surreal moment occurred in 1995 when I was sitting in a McDonald's in Kalispell, MT with two other coaches on the GFHS speech/debate team—ones that I had known less than a month—if you had described that scene even a year before it occurred, I never would have believed it, because...well, because it would have been so unlikely. (Tim Willey and Mike Lanier? Speech and debate?! Montana???!?) A Mötley Crüe concert at Frontier Park in Cheyenne, Wyoming definitely makes the list of surreal moments. Sometimes my life is so weird.
Our History With Mötley Crüe
And here is where I confess: Mötley Crüe plays a huge role in the origins of our relationship. For in September 1989, sitting in the car after a Thursday night marching band practice, Dr. Feelgood playing on the radio in the background, Matt asked me to go to Homecoming with him. We went on our first date just before Homecoming—dinner at Larry & Jerry's—September 15, 1989, exactly 22 years ago today. We've always found it funny that this song plays any kind of role at all in our relationship... but there you have it. I've avoided going to Mötley Crüe concerts with Matt in the past (yes, this is a repeat concert for someone in this house), but the rule for Frontier Days has already been established: it's OK to go see a band or musician you wouldn't normally go see, because we're already wearing western clothes, right? When in Rome...
Frontier Park. There are few things that will cause you to question the sanity of a community then standing around outside Portal 7 in Frontier Park before a Mötley Crüe concert. The fashion spectacle for Kid Rock/Sheryl Crow might be best described as tasteful and demure compared to the fashion spectacle we witnessed here. The temptation to take pictures of complete strangers in get-ups that could only be described as "street-walker, 1987" was almost overwhelming. I very nearly set Matt and Monte (Monte drove up from Colorado Springs to go with us) up for three fake pictures just so I could point the camera behind them and document this phenomenon.
Ahem. This photo just doesn't do it justice.
For a band that's been around 30 years (!!!) they still have the ability to put on quite a show. It was a different style of show from Kid Rock, because there were numbers—meaning, when a song was over, everything went dark and you had to wait a few moments before everything came back to life, and that took some getting used to.
My favorite parts of the concert involved Tommy Lee. Somewhere in the back of my brain I think I remember him doing some sort of reality show that involved being in a college marching band (Nebraska, maybe?) and I think that earned him a few points with my subconscious.
Apparently Tommy Lee is well-known for gimmicky show tricks with his drum set, but seeing as how I didn't know that, I was highly entertained by this clever gimmicky show trick that involved a giant metal wheel with tracks—he was held in by a rollercoaster restraint while playing all the way around the wheel. He brought out an audience member to ride around once with him—now there's a lady with a surreal moment to share.
The concert did not turn me into a Mötley Crüe fan by any stretch, and I was very glad to have both Matt and Monte to walk in between on the way out (they both can walk through a crowd with the aura of undercover cops you don't want to mess with, especially when they're together in a crowd like this) but overall, live music is live music and there's always something interesting to see. And for better or worse, Dr. Feelgood will always remain close to my heart : )
And this concludes the Dillow Summer Concert Series.